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Headline News French Authorities Kill Imagina

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, September 6, 2000 at 12:00am

French authorities, through INA (Audiovisual National Institute), have pulled their support of Imagina, the foremost European visual effects event. For 19 years, Imagina has served as the testing ground for new talents and technologies in Europe. In the past few years the event has drawn over 1,300 participants and 5,000 visitors. A group has been formed to save the festival. Anyone who wishes to sign the petition can on the Web.

Headline News Pop.com Closes Up Shop

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, September 6, 2000 at 12:00am

On Tuesday, September 5, 2000, Pop.com laid off roughly 65 of its 80 person staff. Without additional comment the company released this statement: "Although the Internet continues to represent an exciting creative opportunity for us, the market has shifted dramatically since our original announcement, resulting in this being a less viable business for us. We will retain a small staff to support our creative endeavors.

Headline News Shockwave Moves From Toons To Games

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, September 6, 2000 at 12:00am

After making big content deals with stars like Tim Burton and David Lynch, Shockwave.com has decided to change its focus from big celebrity toon deals to interactive games. Shockwave receives most of its hits in its game section. As part of the new move Shockwave has laid off 20 employees in its San Francisco and Los Angeles offices. Production on content in the works, such as programs from Oscar-winning producer/director James L. Brooks and game show host Ben Stein, will continue until the lay off becomes effective in October.

Headline News Discreet Names New Executive Vice President

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, September 6, 2000 at 12:00am

Discreet, a division of Autodesk, Inc., has named Paul Lypaczewski as its executive vice president. Based in Discreet's Montreal headquarters, Lypaczewski will oversee all aspects of Discreet's worldwide business entities including research and development, sales, marketing, operations and finance and administration. With 20 years of experience in graphics software development and management, he was most recently the COO for CyberWorld, Inc., a privately held Web-based software development company.

Headline News Blur Studio Promotes Shier To Producer

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, September 6, 2000 at 12:00am

Al Shier has been promoted to visual effects producer at Venice-based Blur Studio, a 3D animation, visual effects and motion graphics design company. For the past two years at Blur, Sheir has served as a line producer and visual effects coordinator. In his new role, Shier will oversee the production of 2D and 3D visual effects and act as liaison between clients and the company's artistic staff. Shier began producing over a year ago, during which he received numerous producing credits.

Headline News Sideshow Motion Design Livens Up Olympic NBC Coke Ads

Sideshow Motion Design has created 81 20-second promotional spots for NBC and Coca Cola to highlight the Summer Olympic Games. The ads utilize still photos of over 40 athletes in a moving fashion evocative of gold photo albums. Jie Shen designed and directed the commercials. "Our client, NBC, saw the importance of collaborating with Coke and wanted to do something with still photography and bring it life with an emotional wallop," said Sideshow president Scott Mantel. "This campaign shows Jies talents off beautifully.

Headline News Wildlife & Fugitive Creates New World For Sketchers

Wildlife & Fugitive director Jay Torres created an amusement park world of rides using Sketcher shoes. Torres placed live-action kids inside shoes that served as the cars of the rides. "We had to shoot each element, be it the live kids or the stop-motion shoe elements separately," said Torres. "Since the amusement park wasnt meant to be realistic, we tried to create more of a surreal environment by using a combination of still frames, live-action and 3D animation. Its definitely a new look and a way to come up with ideas that fit into certain budget limitations.

Headline News The Cell Gains Steam Over US Holiday Weekend

With the live-action comedy, BRING IT ON still claiming the #1 spot, New Lines THE CELL jumped up a spot to second in the U.S. box office charts over the Labor Day holiday. The serial killer mind trek, with primary visual effects by Toybox, grossed another US$9.1 million, raising its cume to $46.4 million. Also moving up a slot to third, SPACE COWBOYS showed that old guys have box office pull with a gross of $8.3 million. The aged astronauts, with primary visual effects by ILM, have wrangled up a total of $74.2 million thus far.

Headline News F/X Flicks Fade At The US Box Office

With the special effects-light fall schedule starting, the top two spots were claimed by newcomers BRING IT ON and THE ART OF WAR, leaving THE CELL holding on to third. The stylized shocker, with primary visual effects by Toybox, grossed US$9.68 million, bringing its cume to $33.75 million. Meanwhile, SPACE COWBOYS continues to orbit around the top with a stop in fourth this weekend. After four weeks in theatres, the wrinkled space wranglers, with primary visual effects by ILM, lassoed another $6.51 million, raising its cume to $63.71 million.

Headline News Pop.com Deal With iFilm Bursts

In a snap, Pop.coms intended purchase by iFilm has crackled and faded by the wayside. No one at either of the two companies would comment on the negotiations. An iFilm memo to employees read, "As you know, we have been in discussions with Pop.com. Those discussions have ended and have not resulted in a transaction. The companies will continue to enjoy many overlapping shareholding and personal relationships." Whether or not some of the other suitors for the troubled Website will come knocking is yet to be known.

ANIMATIONWorld Editor's Notebook

Heather KenyonA success and a failure? As we begin to walk away from the summer what has been gained and what has been lost in the ongoing struggle to expand the reach and success of animation? There have been several victories, and several defeats. As Martin Goodman points out in his article "Summer's Sleepers and Keepers" this summer has seen the strong introduction of different styles and genres of animation something we have long been hoping would happen....

Headline News The September Issue Of Animation World Magazine Is Now On-Line!

For feature films Martin Goodman is taking a look at this summer's

hits and misses. Gerard Raiti is figuring out why some cartoons don't

work as live-action adaptations and others do. Amid Amidi is

profiling feature films that have been released outside of the big

studios' theatrical machine. Plus, for a look into the Japanese

feature film market, resident expert Fred Patten is going to outline

the lay of the land of the rising sun. Plus, Larry Lauria speaks with

Headline News New Jobs: Animators, Digital Artists, Directors, Visual Artists And More...

San Francisco, California-based When In Doubt Productions, Inc. is

looking for a 2D ANIMATOR/MOTION GRAPHICS for a hot-cool fusion of

storytelling, poetry, performance, music, drama and animation

project. . . Austin, Texas-based Digital People is looking for a 3D

ARTIST/ANIMATION MANAGER and a 3D ARTIST/ANIMATOR. . . Portland,

Oregon-based Will Vinton Studios, a leading animation studio

specialized in CG and stop-motion character animation, is looking for

ANIMATIONWorld The Career Coach: Finding the Right School

If you are thinking about continuing your education in animation, or planning to get some additional training, there are many important issues to consider. Like anything else, you'll need to devote some attention and time to make good decisions. Here is a comprehensive checklist for you to use as you research and evaluate different schools and educational programs.

Headline News Animation Foundation Presents Animator Of The Month: Eric Armstrong

Animation Foundation interviews Eric Armstrong, Animation Director at

Sony Pictures Imageworks. In the interview, Eric gives his insights

and thoughts about the role of the animation director, facial

animation and much, much more. An AWN affiliate,

Animation Foundation

is an Internet-based portal providing information about advanced

animation techniques and assisting student animators in developing

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